Brandon E. Bitner, 14, Mount Pleasant Mills

MOUNT PLEASANT MILLS — Brandon E. Bitner, 14, of Mount Pleasant Mills, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.

In addition to his parents, Brandon is survived by his step-father, Palmer Simpson Jr., and a sister, Crystal Wilt, at home; a step-brother, Gunnery Sgt. Palmer Simpson III and wife Lisa, of North Carolina, and a step-sister Kristina and husband Sgt. Brian Philips, of Kansas; maternal grandparents, Shirley Shaffer and husband Robert, of Annville; paternal grandparents, Sandra DeChamplain and husband Thomas, of Marysville; also many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was born Jan. 2, 1996 in Harrisburg, a son of Tammy M. (Shaffer) Simpson, of Mount Pleasant Mills and David Bitner, Duncannon.

Brandon was in the ninth grade at Midd-West High School, Middleburg.

He was an accomplished violinist, having been a member of the Susquehanna Youth Orchestra in 2009. Brandon enjoyed video games and was a skilled artist.

The family will receive friends for the visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, followed by the funeral at 11, all at the George P. Garman Funeral Homes Inc., 606 N. Front St., Liverpool.

Burial will be in Orchard Hills Cemetery and Memorial Park, Shamokin Dam.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed in loving memory of Brandon to Susquehanna University, c/o Susquehanna University Youth Orchestra, 514 University Ave., Selinsgrove, PA 17870.